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Why only 6 veneers is usually not enough when restoring a smile

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6 veneers is a common request in Dr Timmerman’s office (or do a little at a time ie 2 this year, 2 next year, etc).  Depending on the goal, this is usually NOT a good idea.  After hundreds of smiles, there has NEVER been a case where a person only shows 6 teeth.  When doing veneers, people usually want a whiter smile.  As shown in the photo, this is a bad idea if you do less than what SHOWS.

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6 veneers is a common request in Dr Timmerman’s office (or do a little at a time ie 2 this year, 2 next year, etc).  Depending on the goal, this is usually NOT a good idea.  After hundreds of smiles, there has NEVER been a case where a person only shows 6 teeth.  When doing veneers, people usually want a whiter smile.  As shown in the photo, this is a bad idea if you do less than what SHOWS.

Porcelain veneers are hand crafted, custom made restorations unique to each case.  Even if the same lab is told to create the veneers from the same material, the shades will not match if done “a little at a time”.  This is similar to buying carpet for a small area years after the initial install.  While the brand is the same, it won’t match.

Bolts of fabric are the same.  If close counts or is “good enough” then sequenced treatment would work, but most people want the best result for this level of investment.

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Experienced dentists that do a lot of cosmetics know that 6 is the magic number.  The number NOT to do.  Dentists that say otherwise are revealing that they don’t do smile makeovers very often or have no training in veneers.  Experience matters when it comes to a person’s smile.  It is one of the first things people notice, so it is important to get things right!

It all comes down to goals.  If you are trying to make your smile the best, then doing 6 and doing a few at a time will NOT do the trick.  MOST people show 8-10 teeth when they smile.

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If you would like to know what can be done for YOUR smile, call 206-241-5533!
Lance Timmerman

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